Healthy Soils Program (HSP)
The Healthy Soils Program encourages farmers to incorporate conservation agriculture techniques that improve their soil health and sequester carbon.
This grant will provide up to $100,000 to implement healthy soils practices.
Rolling program deadline: June 26, 2020 - the CDFA will accept applications for 4 months, or until the funds run out. You can submit an application and find out within 6 weeks if it is approved. If they don’t approve it, you can edit and resubmit it before the submission window has closed.
Types of projects: Your application can include a combination of up to 30 different eligible soil health practices.
Payment rates: Each practice receives a flat rate per acre or per linear foot. Check out this year's payment rates on pages 25-49 here.
- Compost may be applied to annual crops, perennial crops, orchards, and rangelands.
- Compost can be purchased from a certified facility or produced on-farm.
*Full list of eligible practices and payment rates here
How to apply:
The grant process includes a web-based application consisting of a series of questions that can be saved and returned to before submitting.
It is helpful to plan your project and obtain quotes before beginning the application. Free, local technical assistance is available across the state. Contact your local Community Education Specialist for more information.
Type A projects will demonstrate implementation of conservation management practices, measure field GHGs emissions, and conduct analysis on cost/benefits for adoption of the proposed practice(s) and anticipated barriers;
Type B projects will demonstrate implementation of HSP conservation management practices and/or conduct analysis on cost/benefits for adoption of the proposed practice(s) and anticipated barriers.